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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
#906 of 1773 NO more doge for me for life!!!
Apr 17, 2002 (9:29 pm)
I am a college student who bought a dodge neon 96' in 2001 with 41000 miles on it for 4300$ drive out with warranty!!!
I thought I had made made the best choice in my life.
Year and half later and 2000$ later in maintance I am wondering how much longer I can keep up with the problems with this pile of junk!!! I had a Nissan maxima 92' before this which was owned by my brother and then me and right now it has 260,000 miles on it after 2 teenagers abusing it to the max and we have not spent more then 700$ maintanance in 10 years!!!! Now that is a car worth buying!!.
I am not comparing the difference in hp or comfort or style just plain old maintanance!!! Right now after spending so much on the neon i still have my service engine light blinking and the oil light blinking(although the oil is filled). The ac just got messed up again!!! The brakes sqeaul!!
Basically right now its just four wheels running and god know how much longer
Stay as far as you can from this car.
Also if any one know any good resanable mechanics in the Richardson,TX area pls send me an email. I am sick of seeing my mechanic over and over again, i feel like i stay there!!!!
#907 of 1773 Sorry Kid
Apr 18, 2002 (12:28 pm)
But my son has a 2001 R/T with no problems at all, my brother already owned 4 Neons, he had a 95, 96, 98, 2000 and next week he will be driving his 2002 Neon, he drives between 15 and 20,000 miles a year, and no problems with them.
You better find another GOOD MECHANIC.
Apr 18, 2002 (1:53 pm)
Why exactly has your brother changed cars so often???
#909 of 1773 Yosito and Skalinani
Apr 18, 2002 (8:23 pm)
If the neon was reliable, Skalina would not need a mechanic in the first place. Good or bad mechanic! Neons have been proven to be unreliable. There are data to back that up. Also be aware that your 96 Neon is prone to head gasket failure. Mine started to leak oil at 60,000 miles. These cars don't age well. If you have troubles now, you will have even more problems later. Parts don't get any younger!
#910 of 1773 what a sorry car... I am very regret!!
Apr 22, 2002 (12:58 pm)
I am a poor college student, who is working hard trying try to support myself through the expensive tuition. I decided to support our own country by buying an American car after the 911 incident and "underwater" economy. I didn't want my money to go to Japan. This decision is my worst one that I ever made in my life so far!!! I purchased a brand new 2002 Dodge Neon SE with 5 speed manual on late March. The car was in the Dodge service department for 2.5 weeks. Well, according to the mechanic those are not "big problems", sounded like he deals with them daily. The car is not even 2 month with 1600 miles with 5 problems: defective steering pump, leak fuel tank, first gear lagging/weird noise, brake problem/weird noise, left front CV boot got not grease in it (caused damages on the front axle. they replaced the axle). God is really nice to me... actually sorry none of the god's business since I made the wrong decision. I owned a 1995 Honda Civic. I bought the Civic brand new and did only engine oil and transy fuild changes(no maintenance at all,except timing belt). The Civic has 130,000 miles on it and it never have a single problem. It was still running in very good shape when I sold it. My dad's Honda Accord hit 120,000 without any problems too. This is my first American car and it will be my last!!! Sure some of you may think that I am just unlucky, but American cars are commonly known to be problematic. It is not due to defective car design most of the time, but poor quality assembly workers. Where is the QC?? How could they ship out my Neon with no grease in my CV Boot??? Why my fuel tank was not assembled correctly???
We can built better cars than Japanese, but our assembly line SUCKS!!! I really "enjoyed" taking bus to college when my car was in the repair shop. I was ashamed to answer my Japanese classmate, who tried to convince me to get a Toyota(I hate the most, um.. actually seond most now), that my American built brand new Neon with 1,600 miles is having 5 problems and it is current in repair shop and that I came to school with 1.5 hrs bus ride.
Apr 23, 2002 (6:44 pm)
I rented a Dodge Neon lately and man this is one sad little car. It has no pickup, no getgo, and so many rattles it hurt my ears. The car is very loud and poor insulation and I feel every bump I hit. Its amazing to see people drive this car for more than 20 miles at a time. How do you do it?
Just my opinion...
#912 of 1773 Agree with Night Vision 7 Legero8
Apr 24, 2002 (5:47 am)
I also had a terrible experience with a 2000 Neon. I filed under the lemon law provisions in Pennsylvania. Chrysler settled out of court for a buy back. You may want to look into this option in your state. I have to tell you, even if you win Chrysler still goes out of their way to make your life difficult. I settled out of court in January 2002 and I am still waiting for the check. They just keep stalling and making excuses, check in the mail, etc. I now have about 37,000 miles on my Neon ES and every mile was painful in that piece of junk. Can't wait to get rid of it. I would have traded it in months ago if I didn't have the Lemon Law case going.
#913 of 1773 Did you know?
Apr 24, 2002 (5:55 am)
According to the leasing guide that tells all the residuals for leased cars, the Neon has resale value 2-5 years down the line equivalent to a Kia. That really shocked me.
Apr 24, 2002 (9:28 am)
How much did Chrysler agree to pay you back? How much did you pay for filing the Lemon Law? I pretty much left with no money after buying that junk. I just hope that it does not cause that much to file Lemon Law in my state. Thanks for the info.
#915 of 1773 lemon law & neon
Apr 24, 2002 (9:59 am)
To: Night Vision
There was no cost in my case to file a Lemon Law suit. The fee for the attorney is paid by the manufacturer if you are successful. Under the lemon law provisions in Pennsylvania, the manufacturer has to buy the car back or give you a new car if you win. I settled out of court for what I paid for the car less $2700 rather than taking my chances on a jury trial and wasting 3 days. I thought this was a good deal since the car has 37000 miles. The lemon laws vary by state. You have to research the law for your state. Send me an email from the user profile if you have more questions.